William "appreciates the iconic status of the images that exist of the Princess at the Taj," a spokesman said on Tuesday

By Simon Perry
Updated March 29, 2016 09:35 AM
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Prince William is embracing his family history as he prepares for his upcoming trip to India – 24 years after his mother, Princess Diana, made the same trip.

On April 16 – the last day of their week-long tour – William and Princess Kate will visit the Taj Mahal, where Diana famously sat for a picture.

William is “of course aware of the huge esteem his mother, the late Princess of Wales, is held in India and he appreciates the iconic status of the images that exist of the Princess at the Taj,” a palace spokesman said at a Buckingham Palace briefing on Tuesday.

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“He feels incredibly lucky to visit a place where his mother s memory is kept alive by so many who travel there.

“Twenty-four years on from her visit to the Taj, The Duke and The Duchess are looking forward to seeing this beautiful place for themselves and creating some new memories as they say thank you to the people of India at the conclusion of this tour.”

The spokesman added that the couple can’t wait to see one of the “symbols of India . . . with their own eyes.”